“There are 180 invasive species in the Great Lakes, and 49 of those species can be found in Lake Champlain,” Howland said, noting that invasive species can often take hold in an ecosystem that has already been stressed by climate change.
New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey commented on state legislation passed a year ago that gives the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Agriculture and Markets oversight in regulating the transportation of potential invasive species.
“I believe New York state is ahead (of efforts to protect communities from invasives), particularly in the Adirondacks,” she said.
Clinton Community College President John Jablonski welcomed and introduced Gillibrand and the other speakers as he gave a brief history of the college’s main building, which was built in 1911 after the original Hotel Champlain had burned to the ground.
“The breezes that are blowing remind us of why this site was chosen for the Hotel Champlain,” he said as a stiff wind tried to offset the hot temperatures of the day.
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